Light and Gibberellic Acid Enhancement of Lowbush Blueberry Seed Germination1

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John M. SmagulaDepartment of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469

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Michael MichaudDepartment of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469

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Paul R. HeplerDepartment of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469

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Abstract

A light requirement for improved seed germination of lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.) was partially overcome by GA treatments; GA at 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 ppm stimulated early germination of seeds kept in the dark. The germination rate of seeds exposed to an 8 hour light period was also enhanced by GA treatments. Continuous exposure to concentrations above 1000 ppm resulted in abnormally curled seedlings with necrotic root tips.

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Received for publication September 29, 1978.

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